Rat-sized snails taking over Florida, have 1,200 babies a year, and they might be spreading

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This may be a little off the usual but, YIPES! O_O

Originally posted on National Post | News:

Giant Africa Land Snails, some the size of rats, are invading Florida, and it will be hugely expensive to stop them from eating everything in their path.

“There’s no clear answer” on how to stop them, Jon Ablett, curator of Mollusca at the Natural History Museum, told the BBC.

The snails, thought to have been brought in from the Dominican Republic or Jamaica, are known to eat through just about anything including most plant life and even stucco, which means that a large number of houses in the U.S. State are in danger.

“If you got a ham sandwich in Jamaica or the Dominican Republic, or an orange, and you didn’t eat it all and you bring it back into the States and then you discard it, at some point, things can emerge from those products,” Denise Feiber, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services told Reuters.

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36 responses »

  1. Somebody must have brought them into Florida .. that is the danger of manipulating with the nature. Same with the big frogs in Australia – that they took from Hawaii and the frogs are just taking over the country .. *smile – it is toxic so it has no natural enemies!

  2. Ack! Another reason for me to not like living in this state, as if hurricanes, hellish heat and sinkholes weren’t enough. I haven’t seen any of these snails before though. Hopefully I never will.

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